Check Mark for International Yarn Bombing Day

Here is the first of my yarn bombings today/tonight.  Sort of a  pre-international yarn bombing day, graffiti tag, Calgary, Canada.

This  check mark is on a chain link fence around Brentwood Elementary School.    I thought the  school kids could use another check mark for their end of year exams.

Check Mark yarn bomb on school fence

A woolly check mark for the school yard.

I tied it onto the fence as  quickly as  I could.   Northmount Drive was busy, and lots of cars  drove by.  One slowed down so the passenger could  shout out a cheer.  ( I think it was a cheer,  I hope it was a cheer…  if not,, oh well)     With luck this bit will last a  while and the kids will find it amusing.

I have  a couple more pieces to install tomorrow.

Knit in Public Day June 11, 2011 video

This is a cute video reminder about Knit in Public Day, (next weekend!)

I’ll be  at  Olympic Plaza in Calgary, with my  sticks and string.  ;    and now,   will be watching out for   knitted dinosaurs and donuts.    Hopefully,  I can finish a few  projects (socks and socks and a vest) in the  sunshine.    If its raining,  we will be inside the Epcor Centre, so it’s all good.

The Woolly Walk-Along

I’m so glad to hear my knitting has made it to New Zealand for the Woolly Walk-Along. Knitty has been posting pics of works in progress, and tags that she has received already. FANTASTIC WORK!
(There is still time to get in on the fun – so join up!)

Tonight, I am working on a colourful (of course) bit for International Yarn Bombing Day, June 11, 2011. I’ll take a picture tomorrow out in the sun and post it here. I think I know the perfect spot to release it on Saturday… but for now, I am keeping it a secret.

This weekend will be knitting overdose :) …. I am excited to use up and then REPLACE alot of my stash. Besides yarn bombs, I will be working on a couple pairs of socks and a vest that are all “half finished”.

Keep knitting!

Knit a Maze?

How hard would it be to knit a mile? Thats the question asked at . It seems they have quite a loooooong yarn bomb in process, and I want to knit a piece and send it in. Here is a post from their blog, blatantly copied for you to see. :)
Knitted Maze

What are we trying to do?

Yarn bomb the turf maze in Saffron Walden – a mile long labyrinth style turf maze.

Why are we trying?

From August 20th – 28th 2011 the town of Saffron Walden in Essex is holding a maze festival. We have two mazes in the town – a turf maze and a hedge maze so someone had the idea to celebrate the maziness of our town.

The organizers thought it would be great to have a knitted component to the festival but the word on the street was that they couldn’t find anyone to coordinate it. In steps me.

I run an online yarn business and am interested in how knitting helps build communities so it was a natural opportunity for me to jump in feet first without any thought of how impossible it would be to achieve or how much it would take over my life, my home, my forearm ligaments.

In the beginning I wanted to achieve something along these lines but it soon became clear that getting people to engage with such an abstract concept was a difficult sell. And if there was one thing I knew it was that I needed help, and a lot of it.

In mulling over the options I decided that the best approach was to use what we have already – the mazes, and so we decided to try and yarn bomb the main maze in town.

To do this we require a mile of knitting which is approx 9 – 12 inches wide and a mile long with 5 large circular pieces as well.

How hard can it be to knit a mile – once I had done my sums I realised I would have to knit 203 feet a week in order to get there. Well on a good week I manage 20 feet. So the grand adventure has begun to get enough people involved to get a mile of knitting done by 20th August 2011.

I have some chunky acrylic yarn to use up, that could be simply ‘amazing’.

June 11 Knit in Public Day

So many fun things to do on June 11. I am sharing an invitation I received from a wonderful knitting artist friend. I will be there with my WIPs what ever they may be by then:

Hello,

I would like to invite you to a free public event called Knit In Public Day. It will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 10 am – 6 pm at Olympic Plaza, behind the Famous Five statues (the rain day location is in the Epcor Centre, the arts learning room behind Baraka cafe). It is to celebrate the art of knitting and crochet and to build community.

The event is open to everyone – come and knit in public and meet fellow knitters! Supplies will be provided or bring your own.

Yarnbombing is unfortunately not allowed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it! It’ll be a great way to meet other yarnbombers too.

I’ve attached the poster, so feel free to print it out and distribute or send this out to your mailing list.

Thank-you!

best regards,

Cat

local artist

Knit in Public Day - Calgary

June 11 – International Yarn Bombing Day

If you have been on the fence about trying your hand/needles at yarn bombing, this is a perfect time to start.

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How to start? Its easy. Grab some knitting needles, or a crochet hook, and some yarn. Pick that old ball of acrylic that you just don’t want to use on anything, but can’t bear to just throw it out. Now, start knitting/crocheting. EASY.

You can start with a rectangle, say 3 inches wide and 12 inches long. Make it loosely, so it will stretch. You can use huge knitting needles and multiple balls of yarn if you want, so the knitting goes super fast.

Leave a long tail of yarn at the end, attach an upholstery needle, and you are set. Put your first yarn bomb in a bag, with a little pair of scissors/nail clippers, and head outside.

Wrap that beautiful piece of street art around a sign post, a bench, a bicycle rack, tree, anything you want. Stitch it in place with the yarn tail, clip the yarn, and you are done.

Take some pictures, and you have officially joined the fun, silly, exciting and extremely creative yarn bombing, knit graffiti world.

Go back later to see if you bomb is still there, and start planning your next one.

You can add a paper/cloth tag to it with your name, your website, a message if you like, or leave it anonymous… ITS ALL UP TO YOU.

Have fun, be daring, and think outside the box.

Knit-a-thon!

Wish me luck, or better yet, come join me! I am participating in the 2011 Give A Little Knit for L’Arche knit-a-thon on Sunday, June 12 at Eau Claire Market.

You can register and donate online if you like.

L’Arche Calgary now accepts online credit card donations through CanadaHelps.org, an e-donations portal that allows donors to conveniently support us. Canada Helps instantly issues official tax receipts and funds are forwarded to L’Arche Calgary less a 3% transaction fee on a monthly basis. Both Canada Helps and L’Arche Calgary are committed to keeping your personal information secure and confidential. To make an online donation, please click on the ‘Donate Now’ button.

Donate Now

Give A Little Knit for L’Arche Calgary Pledges

To pledge a knitter at this year’s knit-a-thon, click on the Donate Now button above and provide all of the necessary details.

Please specify the knitter you are pledging.

I guess you will have to send me an email at stormarela@gmail.com to request my real name!

This event looks like its going to be fun. Knitting in public AND free stuff AND it supporting a great cause. Count me in! Click here for more details.

Off to New Zealand

This is my woolly tag for the “Woolly Walk Along” in Devonport, New Zealand. I started knitting with the shaggy rainbow bit, but, it really wasn’t big enough… no problem, just pull up some stitches on the end, and keep going. How could I resist the Neon pink yarn at the bottom of my stash?

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This is going in the mail tomorrow, as soon as I make a little name tag for it. Hopefully it won’t take to long to travel the 12,000 kilometres to Auckland.

Approximate distance as the crow flies in miles from Auckland New Zealand to Calgary Canada is 7460 miles or 12003.14 Kilometers…. from the very handy Travel Distance Calculator Site

Now, for a quick trip to the mall, maybe I can find a little Canadian treat to slip into the envelope. :)

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